Wednesday, 19 June 2013
A few months ago, at the Geneva Motor Show, Peugeot revealed a model of the forthcoming 208 HYbrid FE concept. They also revealed a few key specs, such as CO2 emissions of just 49g/km, and a 0-62mph time of only 8 seconds. Since that time, Peugeot and Total have both been hard at work perfecting the car, and though it isn't finished yet - they have until the Frankfurt motor show this autumn - Peugeot nevertheless invited me to Paris, to have a look at what's going on behind the scenes of the HYbrid FE project.
Monday, 17 June 2013
How fast is the new A45 AMG? The specs suggest it's pretty fast. After all, it can apparently get to 62mph from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds, and it will go on to a limited top speed of 155mph. Which is all well and good (pretty awesome, in fact, for a car coming in at under £40k), but what actually happens in the real world? Say, when you pit the A45 against the CLS63 AMG, for example. Auto Express did just that, and the results are surprising, to say the least...
Friday, 14 June 2013
Chris Harris reviews the all-new Porsche 991 GT3... you've already skipped down to the video, haven't you? I'm just talking to myself now. Which is fair enough, really; it's quite a superb car, and as usual, Chris Harris delivers a very engaging video, even if it was mainly just him filming this time. Quite how he managed to snag a drive in the new GT3 is a little beyond me, however, since no one else has driven it yet, but I guess that's Mr Harris for you. Are you still reading this? I'm going to stop waffling now.
Thursday, 13 June 2013
Want a ride in the McLaren P1? Silly question, really; of course you do. And McLaren are giving one person the chance, thanks to theirs and Forza's competition. The winner gets to go to the Goodwood Festival of Speed (awesome in its own right) and then they'll be driven up the hillclimb in the P1. I don't think it's possible to get more awesome than that. Well, except for owning one. There's some effort involved in entering, but I'd say it's worth it for the potential prize... link here.
Wednesday, 12 June 2013
As if the Fast & Furious franchise wasn't enough, soon there'll be another street racing movie coming along to a cinema near you. Based on the Need For Speed video game series, the film is, perhaps unsurprisingly, called Need For Speed. And the first official footage has just been revealed, though it's actually more of a behind the scenes look at the movie. There's a long wait before it's actually released, however.... it's not coming out until March of next year. But I, for one, am looking forward to all the hypercars they trash. I just hope there's a decent plot to go along with that.
Monday, 10 June 2013
£35,320. That's how much you'll need if you want to get your hands on a Chevrolet Camaro in the UK. That buys you the classic American muscle car, complete with 432hp 6.2 litre V8 engine, and whilst £35k does seem a very reasonable price for that power, the Camaro's fuel economy probably won't be very good. It will, in fact, be pretty terrible. And the car is left-hand drive only. Which is annoying. And the handling won't be as good as its European or Japanese rivals. Yet all that being said, it does look very cool, and will certainly be more unique than an Audi TT. If you can see past its flaws, then the Camaro will go on sale later this year.
Friday, 7 June 2013
There aren't enough canyons in England. Nor are there enough places to go off-roading in general, really. Watching this video of Jeeps off-roading at night, in Utah, has just made me realise that I need to a) buy a Jeep and b) move to Utah. Though I must admit, if I was off-roading there, I'd much rather do it in daylight, and most certainly without the moustache.
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
Want a Golf GTI, but would prefer it in saloon or estate form? Then Skoda have you covered. The all-new Skoda Octavia vRS has just been revealed, and is essentially just a Mark VII Golf GTI in saloon or estate form. Which, let's be clear, is no bad thing. In addition, this being a Skoda, you can probably expect the prices to be significantly less than the Golf GTI as well.
Monday, 3 June 2013
This is not a natural comparison. After all, who narrows down their choices to the ultra-hardcore Nissan GT-R, with a 0-62mph time of 2.8 seconds, or the soft GT cruiser that is the Alpina B6? Which, besides being slower, and much more ponderous, also costs a significant amount more. However, even if this is just a slightly cynical attempt by Autocar to get some YouTube views, it's still good to watch a GT-R and a B6 being thrown around a track. So I'm not complaining.
Tuesday, 28 May 2013
This is another one of those cars that looks so good it's a shame they're not putting it into production. Not, of course, that many people would be able to afford something like this. But still. This is the Aston Martin CC100 speedster, built as a one-off to celebrate the firm's centenary. Featuring an open-cockpit design, it has a V12 engine that should endow the car with performance to match its looks, but at the very least, as this video attests, it sounds amazing.